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The breakdown:Plant’s reputation for offense sometimes leaves the linemen under the radar, but not the 6-6, 270-pound Klepal. The FSU commitment opened holes for a rushing attack that ran for 3,110 yards, including 200-plus the final seven games.
2011 stats:56 tackles, 14.5 sacks, three forced fumbles
The breakdown:The 2011 Times’ Defensive Player of the Year, Love now has 22.5 sacks for his career. The 6-4, 205-pound Countryside senior DE is a lean and quick pass rusher, but also tough on the inside.
2011 stats:170-for-251, 2,426 yards, 19 TDs
The breakdown:A UCF commitment, DiNovo (6-2, 208) has rewritten all the East Lake passing records and is Tampa Bay’s No. 1 signal caller heading into his senior season.
The breakdown:A starter since his freshman year, East Lake's Cole (6-5, 267) plays bigger than his size and is one of the nastiest linemen in Tampa Bay. The junior is one of the top 2014 recruits in the state.
2011 stats:179 carries, 1,308 yards, 12 TDs; 403 receiving yards, four TDs
The breakdown:Only the Plant RB’s size (5-7, 153) keeps him from being a major recruit. After totaling more than 1,700 yards from scrimmage last year, his performance on the field left him with few peers.
2011 stats:four TDs rushing, one TD receiving
The breakdown:The TBT athlete is one of the most skilled players around, and finally surrounded by talent the 6-1, 173-pound UCF commitment should have his best season yet.
2011 stats:62 tackles, eight sacks, both second on team
The breakdown:If the Commodores were a female group, and wrote Brick House, it would probably be about Jackson. The Jesuit TE/DL/LB’s a solid 6-3, 235 pounds and will be a defensive force in 2012.
2011 stats:63 tackles, one sack, 200 yards rushing
The breakdown:The Plant DB is still coming into his own, though the Georgia commitment is already one of the best defenders in Tampa Bay. Big, strong and fast, he also chips in on offense.
2011 stats:89 tackles, one sack
The breakdown:The Hillsborough LB was a standout for Team Tampa’s 7-on-7 national champs, and the 6-2, 195-pounder is expected to anchor one of Tampa Bay’s fastest defenses.
2011 stats:138 carries, 1,832 yards, 25 TDs; 72 tackles
The breakdown:With another season like his last, the speedy Carrollwood Day RB (5-7, 160) is going to approach Hillsborough County’s all-time career rushing mark. And if he doesn’t have to play both ways, that record is a foregone conclusion.